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Cannot find ESS PCI Audio Adapter

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hakavon, May 3, 2010.

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  1. hakavon

    hakavon Thread Starter

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    Help.

    My faithful old Armada 7800 (still running W98se) has hit a little snag.

    I was clearing some hard drive space by moving some things to a thumb drive, and apparently moved something I shouldn't have.

    Next time around the hard drive and OS wouldn't boot, and I now get the message that's the title of this post.

    I've gone to the HP website and downloaded the audio driver(s) and also located the "ess" file on the Windows 98 CD-ROM, but with the OS not loading, I have no way of even trying to get the driver(s) back onto the hard drive.

    If memory serves, the only drivers I had to add after installing W98se onto a "naked" hard drive on this machine were the video drivers, so likely the ess audio drivers on the Windows disc will be all it needs, but again I have no idea how to get them onto the hard drive since it won't boot.

    I know just enough about this stuff to get myself into trouble, so if anyone can help me restore the driver(s) and get my hard drive to boot again on this old faithful machine, I'd appreciate it.

    As an alternative, I'm tempted to just get another hard drive, reinstall Windows98se, and later try to rescue my files from the non-booting drive by way of an IDE/SATA to USB adapter. If I go this root, does anyone know how large a hard drive the Compaq Armada 7800 could handle? (Some people are selling 160gb drives on eBay, claiming it'll work on the 7800, but I suspect it's too large.)

    Help...
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Sound drivers are not needed to boot the machine. They are probably only part of the problems that are preventing booting. If you can remember what you moved and restore it, that may help. But you are probably looking at a complete reinstallation since there is no telling what may be missing. You are probably getting that message because the ESS driver is the first in the list of a larger number of drivers compressed together for loading at boot.
     
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